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    September 1, 2010
    5:30 - 5:59am EDT  

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>> on monday at 1:15 a masked man breaks into a glen burnie home and attacks an 83-year-old woman. >> in houston a man pulled over for drunk driving takes a so brightly test and a fight breaks out. >> hurricane earl is huffing and puffing on the coast. what will he do this weekend? i'm jamie costello. >> i'm megan pringle. thanks for joining us. justin is headed down there to check everything out as we keep an eye on earl. >> the hard thing is if you have a place down there, you wonder ooh. >> earl is down to a category 3. i want to make one point clear. the most common question i've had so far this week, i want to answer. this is not isabelle. by any stretch of the imagination, a completely different storm. isabelle chugged inland, pushed surge up the bay. this one stays out to sea. around the bay and baltimore,
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not much of an impact, a close pass on the east coast, already watches and warnings posted for virginia through north carolina, and we'll be watching our close approach to ocean city thursday night and friday. beyond that labor day weekend looking cooler but looking nice. here we go. tropical satellite showing us where it is, east of the turks and northeast of the turks and caicos and bahamas islands. we'll have the latest update in just a few minutes. taking you back home, a quiet sea, clearing and calm on the satellite and radar, across maryland. temperatures ranging from 70 in baltimore, 72 easton, 71 in ocean city. nice weather before that storm approaches. it's the seas starting to get angry. locally the hour by hour forecast brings us a high of 95 with mostly sunny sky. let's check on the traffic with kim brown. >> a heads up as you make your way through baltimore city on
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northern parkway, construction lane closures in both directions as you approach the jfx, not a big deal right now but as rush hour gets started it will cause delays. in towson, a downed tree blocking all lanes in both direction at cromwell and eagles court. no problems inbound off 395 past the convention center, traffic looks good. on the jfx at northern parkway, no problems in either direction. megan and jamie, back to you. >> thanks, kim. earl is threatening the labor day holiday. >> the first evacuations have been ordered for island residents off north carolina but the category 3 storm is making its way across the caribbean towards the u.s. here is emily schmidt. >> reporter: this is from the international space station 200 miles above the earth. and this? >> people feel we're getting time for the big one. >> reporter: is the worry on
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the east coast. it's been 20 years since a hurricane this big threatened so much of the eastern seaboard. there's already a hurricane watch in north carolina. officials are preparing evacuations. >> it's too close to the coast not to be ready to go. >> reporter: some summer tourists plan to listen. >> i've always left when they said it was coming. >> reporter: earl's glancing blow to small caribbean islands left plenty of damage, with no reports of injuries. still, it is enough to prompt preparations from the carolinas to new england. >> we're telling people keep that weather eye, set your options early, and be prepared. >> on long island people are picking up anything that could fly in hurricane force winds. on cape cod, they are hauling out boats. and police are wading into the water to steer people out of areas with rip currents remaining from last weekend's hurricane danielle. >> you can feel the undercurrent, it's strong. >> reporter: this morning president obama will participate in a call with fema
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about hurricane preparation. as earl continues to look as if those preparations will be needed. emily schmidt, abc news. >> the beginning of the story, emily said earl was a category 4. right now it is a 3. just to keep that in mind, it always changes. when it does we'll keep you posted. the red cross is ready to respond anywhere anytime. the relief organization learned powerful lessons after hurricane katrina which devastated the gulf coast. the lessons might now pay off, if earl makes landfall in the united states and turns out to be a serious storm. september is national preparedness month. one interesting footnote, maryland is subject to every natural disaster except for one, which is a volcano. >> of all people up and down the east coast, keeping on close eye on earl, aaa doesn't expect major travel problems over the holiday weekend. if the storm stays away, aaa estimates that about 90% of marylanders will still hit the
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road friday, but if earl gets too close it will change things dramatically. >> it will impact travel and traffic and what you do when you get to your holiday destination if you're planning to go to the beach. the good thing is sometimes once the hurricanes come through they leave beautiful weather behind them. again, it's too early to tell and we'll have to see what happens with the forecast and which way the path of the storm goes. >> a cause of note, the average price of gas on the eastern shore, $2.50. you can get the very latest on earl's path on our website, waiting for you right now at abc2news.com. if you click on it, you'll notice the up to the minute forecast, the updates. stay with abc 2 news all week long. we'll have live team coverage from ocean city starting tomorrow on abc 2 news at 5:00 until earl passes us by. time now 5:36. in other news, baltimore city
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police and firefighters unions once again are sounding the alarm over the pension dispute that we've been hearing about. the unions are holding rallies including one tonight downtown. members say they will continue to protect baltimore, even if city officials in their words, turned their back on them. council has voted to increase retirement service from 20 to 25 years and the captain said he missed the service cutoff by two months. >> we agreed to the rules that they laid out. they were the ones that had everything laid out on the table when we came in to apply for the job and took it. halfway through the game they want to say we're going to change the rules on you. i don't think these specific rules they are changing are legal. >> changes in the pension system were enacted that month but the union is filing a challenge in federal court. coming up on 5:37.
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a shocking arrest caught on tape. >> a man knocked unconscious while being taken into custody. was it appropriate action or excessive force? >> coast, get ready for earl. why some folks wouldn't mind a visit. right now explaining our weather is justin. >> temperatures ranging from the upper 60s to mid-70s. it is all about earl. earl redeveloping and eye, down to 125-mile-an-hour winds, working its way towards the east coast. first the waves, then the wind, then the weather. we'll explain what that means for ocean city. >> good morning. metro subway operating with a 5- to 10-minute delay, light rail looks good, camden train 84110 minutes late, other trains on time. the buses working with the number 35 diversion at crant and green. i'm mark jones. this is the back to school list. the cost always makes mom freak.
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>> coastal areas on the eastern seaboard are bracing for earl. on long island most residents worry about the bad things, the storm can bring surfers there
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looking to make a more positive perspective. >> the waves are good. don't tell anybody. of course i'll be earl's best friend. >> officials sort of ask you to steer clear of that. >> terrible when the wave stops. hard to stay on the board. good morning, maryland. i'm jamie costello. >> i'm megan pringle. thanks for joining us. let's get to justin berk keeping an eye on earl. >> i was thinking more like earl's dinner, that surfer. big waves, waves pushing 20 feet. 20 feet off the coast of ocean city. that's farther away than virginia beach and north carolina. we have a strong undertow, not getting the big waves. the storm is still a thousand miles away. we'll feel the impact with the waves creeping up today and tomorrow and the wind starts to build in thursday night and
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friday. oaks city this morning, we're watching you. we have a weather station on the beach. the ocean city public safety center at 77 degrees this morning, the winds coming from the land, west-northwest at 5 miles per hour, and check it out, these are the conditions in towson. no surfing to be found. i'm still looking for it but i haven't found it. we're cooler at 67. 94% humidity, there's some patchy fog. i drove through some across the hereford zone this morning near parkton, maybe some thick spots out there. we go for sunshine and the hour- by-hour forecast, a high of 95 this afternoon. let's check on the traffic with kimberly brown. >> random road hazards. a downed tree cromwell bridge road and glen eagle court has been cleared. no delays on the 95 corridora three-minute right from the
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split to the toll plaza three minutes there. the key bridge to 97, a 9 minute trip. a disabled vehicle in reisterstown blocking some lanes. also in phoenix, maryland, downed power lines blocked the intersection at old york road and glen burnie court. we've got the latest on one today's top stories. an elderly woman is sexually assaulted in her glen burnie home. i'm linda so, how police hope you can help track down the suspect. people in ocean city are preparing and paying close attention to hurricane earl. i'm sherrie johnson, what you can expect at the shore. now the healing power of touch introdinpriseom maks .l. c vansy receptors. itelps block pain signals for deep penetrating relief you can feel
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>> 5:46. >> this is really bad. those of you watching on country club drive in glen burnie know that police are out there working on trying to find a masked man who attacked an 83- year-old woman in the middle of the night. abc 2 news linda so with the story. >> reporter: police hope someone saw something that will help track down the suspect. police are planning to boost their presence in the area to try to get more information. right now the only -- they only have a vague description, a guy in his early 20s, he wore a dark colored scarf on his face
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monday morning. he broke into the home and sexually assaulted her before running away. neighbors hope police make an arrest soon. >> you have to be hard up, you know, to do something like that. you hear about it. you get concerned. >> reporter: if you have any information that can help police call the anne arundel county sex crimes unit 410-222- 3416. in the studio, linda so, abc 2 news. 5:47. earl is packing a mighty punch this morning in the atlantic. some 30 million people could be impacted by this storm along the east coast, including here in maryland. abc 2 news sherrie johnson is live in downtown baltimore with more on what the mayor is doing and how they are preparing. >> reporter: good morning, megan. baltimore city mayor stephanie rawlings will hold a news confer owns north talbot street at the department of transportation at the
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management center to talk about emergency preparedness during severe weather. it's a good time to talk about that. meanwhile up and down the east coast people are keeping a close eye on hurricane earl, including the people in ocean city. now, overnight as justin has mentioned, we've learned hurricane earl has weakened to a category 3. for people headed to the shore this labor day weekend, you're advised to stay out of the water, waves could reach 15 feet on friday, lifeguards made hundreds of rescues over the weekend because of the rip currents from hurricane danielle. they were at it this week. it's only going to get worse. merchants hope the storm will miss the area entirely but they are prepared to batten down the hatches in case hurricane earl comes ashore. >> hopefully we'll be safe and sound and people will be able to come down to the beach. but if necessary, i'll close my gates, put sandbags in front and hope for the best. i think we'll be okay though. >> reporter: now ocean city
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officials say they plan to update vacationers on hurricane earl just to keep them updated on what's going on. reporting live in downtown baltimore, sherrie johnson, abc 2 news. >> log on to abc2news.com for continuing coverage of hurricane earl. click on the weather tab at the top of the home page and click on hurricane tracker for the latest information and the forecast track. stay with abc 2 news throughout the week. we'll have live team coverage from ocean city starting tomorrow on abc 2 news at 5:00 until after earl passes us by. good morning. here is the latest on earl. nothing going on across the mid- atlantic. this is a satellite imagery. there's nothing to be seen. we're virtually clear. i want to make the point this is not going to be isabel. this is a very different storm, and i know it's a major concern, the top question we've had all week long in the storm
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center. there is the storm itself. that's earl. fiona lagging behind. earl is showing an eye once again, had a little bit of wind sheer, going through a ragged eyewall replacement cycle, and there's more clouds on the north side versus the south side, a sign of upper level winds beginning to impact this. it may have already peaked out. we're in a category 3 storm, down from yesterday's 4. winds 125 miles per hour moving northwest at 14. it skirts past the florida coastline but the fact that our coastline sticks out in north carolina and virginia and actually protects us in maryland, you'll notice the shape of the coastline actually begins to really impact the storm, most of the storms with winds of 120 miles per hour when it makes a close approach to the outer banks, the time frame is friday morning, one thing about this storm each particular forecast is actually slowing it down, passing by ocean city, probably 150 miles to 200 miles off the coast, and
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that would be during the day on friday. the wind field, hurricane force winds go out 90 miles but tropical storm force winds go out, they will get winds in ocean city and high surf, waves to 20 feet high. this goes into nova scotia and leaves us with nice weather into the weekend. 78-degree water temperature. bethany hits 89 in air, ocean city 90, it's a great beach day, just not a good day to dip in the water because of the strong undertow. back across the delmarva 94 rock hall, day water temperatures at 82 degrees. on this side of the day very little to no impact from the storm. we have high air quality today, poor, back up to code red in baltimore with the high heat. we're sitting at 70 now. we'll hit into the mid-90s this afternoon. i want to tell you, this forecast, highlighting baltimore and ocean city, the forecast model indicates rain
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clipping the outer banks of cape hatteras, north carolina, thursday at 4:00. this is just one model keeping the concentration of the storm. the coastline sticks out and the storm pulls away. delaware, new jersey less of an impact but it's still going to be strong surf and maybe problems leading into labor day weekend, just with the water conditions. 95 today. that's our 2-degree guarantee, temperatures tonight back down to 72 degrees. we'll hit the low 90s, more humidity tomorrow. i want to highlight after the storm passes friday we're in the 80s and, low 80s and lows in the 50s with dry weather through labor day. now for a check on traffic, here is kim. >> the downed wires in phoenix at old york road and glen bury court, minor delays, possibly lanes blocked. we're looking good. a disabled vehicle gone from reisterstown at hanover pike
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and mount gilead road. the drive times, no delays up and down the 95 corridor, route 29 looking clean southbound through howard county, on the beltway smooth sailing around the outer loop, no delays. looking at the cameras this is going to be 97 at benfield, traffic moving at a nice steady pace in both directions. stay with us. we have more after this. what's? oh see this isthe back to . the cost always mas mom k. mommy. hemom. good times. mom, the back tochool list is here. looks expensive. graphing calculator, flash dr pencils... at was easy. go times. [ male announcer ] get back to school and back to savis onverything on your li at staples that was easy.
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a man pulled over a suspicion of dui was wrestled to the ground by a trooper and knocked unconscious. dennis perry of houston, texas, was ordered to pull over after an officer noticed him running a stop sign. perry began to do a sobriety test and then the two moved towards the corner of the dash cam view. what happened next was something he barely remembers as he was knocked out and laying on the ground waiting for medics to help him. >> there was more than a body slam. it was face first on the ground. after that, i was out, stone cold. >> when he woke up he didn't even recognize his own face. he saw the pictures. he has now filed a complaint against the police department in what he's calling excessive force. he still is going through tests to check on any potential long term effects from head
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injuries. to the oops file, do you notice the mistake in this highway sign in take a closer look. independence is misspelled. this is in charlotte, north carolina. the contractor said, oops, we flipped the n and d. the state says it plans to have it fixed by midnight. we'll be right back. ;9óa
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evacuations are underway in north carolina trying to get away from earl. we have all our hurricane coverage coming up. on the lookout in glen burnie, a masked man breaks into a home and rapes an 83- year-old woman. >> those paid to protect are ticked off about their pensions. they plan to protest. good morning, maryland. i'm jamie costello. >> i'm megan pringle. thanks for joining us on this wednesday morning. earl is the big story of the day. >> let's find out more from